Matt DeCourcey

Your member of parliament for


Matt DeCourcey

Your member of parliament for



Connecting with our Community — Vol. 7



Have you heard? Beginning on May 15th and until June 30th, I am accepting nominations for Canada 150 Community Leaders and will be awarding 20 limited edition sesquicentennial pins to selected recipients in our region. Check out my website for more details on how to nominate someone today:




Please join my team and me at our upcoming 4th Annual Ice Cream Social, one of my favourite growing traditions.

Invite your family and friends and come cool down with a sweet treat on us. You can find our Facebook event here:

I hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Location: Stepping Stone Senior Centre located at 15 Saunders Street, Fredericton

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm




Further to my last e-newsletter, it was a pleasure to have the Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources in Fredericton last month. We had a busy day touring the Atlantic Forestry Centre followed by a stakeholders roundtable on softwood lumber in Mactaquac along with my NB Caucus colleagues.

The Government of Canada continues to defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry when it comes to unfair duties. As always, we are committed to protecting Canadian jobs and communities. The Government has announced $867 million in measures to support forest industry workers and communities affected by U.S. measures targeting softwood lumber. This announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to take quick action. This is part of our overarching strategy to target new markets around the globe in a concerted effort to enhance trade and market diversification for Canadian wood and wood products as part of the clean-growth economy.

During his visit, Minister Carr highlighted the importance of the next generation of people working in the forest, the importance of working in partnership with First Nation communities and advancing and aggressively marketing Canadian softwood in a sustainable way. The Minister focused on the strong collaboration of the softwood industry, it’s partners of today and his optimistic outlook that Atlantic Canada plays in moving the industry forward for generations to come.



Last month, on behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I had the honour of announcing that Partners for Youth Inc. would receive $280,800 through the federal Youth Justice Fund to develop a substance abuse treatment program for youth who are leaving open and closed custody in New Brunswick.

This pilot project will encourage participants to gain hands-on learning focused on treatment, continued support and intervention related to substance abuse issues. Partners for Youth Inc. will involve youth in the development of a program that is responsive to their cultural needs and sensitive to the trauma that they have endured, while using community supports and services. A key part of this program and its supports will be the mentorship that will be available to all participants.

By supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society, we improve our community and invest in our collective well-being. The work that Partners for Youth is doing will empower these young people to take back control of their lives and rebuild their futures.

Over the duration of this three-year project, participants between the ages of 12 and 17 will be supported in their safe transition back into their communities and in maintaining a new substance-free lifestyle.

Matt DeCourcey, MP